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Higashine City Hall
Location of Higashine in Yamagata Prefecture
|• Total||207.17 km2 (79.99 sq mi)|
|Population (October 2013)|
|• Density||228/km2 (590/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Japanese Zelkova|
|Address||1-1-1 Chūō, Higashine-shi, Yamagata-ken 999-3795|
Higashine is located in the Yamagata Basin of central Yamagata, surrounded by mountains to the north, east and south. The city's western border is the Mogami River.
- Yamagata Prefecture
- Miyagi Prefecture
Higashine has a Humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfa) with large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. Precipitation is significant throughout the year, but is heaviest from August to October.
The area of present-day Higashine was part of ancient Dewa Province and is mentioned in the Engishiki records of the early Heian period. After the start of the Meiji period, the area became part of Kitamurayama District, Yamagata Prefecture. The modern village of Higashine was established on April 1, 1889 and was raised to town status on June 15, 1896. It attained city status on November 3, 1958.
Higashine is known as "The Fruit Kingdom" and is especially well known for its cherries as well as for apples, pears and persimmons. The city mascot is a pear with cherry earrings and a staff with an apple. Higashine is the largest producer of cherries in Yamagata Prefecture, which is the third largest producer of cherries in Japan.
The city of Higashine has a large industrial park. Some of the businesses include 3M, Casio, THK, ODELIC, and Kyocera. Many of these businesses are involved in manufacturing and research and development.
- JR East - Yamagata Shinkansen
- JR East - Ōu Main Line
- Tōhoku Chūō Expressway: Higashine interchange
- National Route 13
- National Route 48
- National Route 287
The 6th Division (第6師団?) is one of nine active divisions of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force is headquartered in at JGSDF Camp Jinmachi in Higashine. Its responsibility is the defense of Fukushima Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures.
Noted people from Higashine
- Kazushige Abe – Akutagawa Prize winning novelist
- Masatoshi Abe - politician
- Tomoaki Honma - professional wrestler
Media related to Higashine, Yamagata at Wikimedia Commons